Our careers enable us to support ourselves, and often the lives of other family members. Losing the ability to work due to an illness or injury can throw our livelihood into jeopardy and send our family into an emotional and financial tailspin. Securing compensation while you recover from work-related injuries can be a drawn-out and confusing process that ends with denials for the full compensation your are due. To ensure justice is served, many work-injury victims turn to a workers’ compensation lawyer. The Spencer Law Firm in San Antonio, TX, is here for you if you have suffered an illness or injury on the job.
Texas Workers’ Compensation
Illness or injury that you incur while on the job, or that is related to your employment, can cause a loss in wages, mounting medical bills, and in some cases, disabilities that indefinitely affect your way of life and income capacity. Being hurt is challenging enough without the worry about how health care expenses will be paid, and where you will get the means to support yourself. To protect employees, workers' compensation is a form of insurance that is meant to cover these financial burdens.
Workers’ compensation in Texas provides income benefits that are calculated on your weekly wages. These benefits and can be provided for temporary recovery, lasting impairment, supplemental income, and lifetime loss of income. Your benefits should cover medical costs for treatments, including operations and prescriptions. Loved ones of injured workers who have tragically passed can also collect burial and death benefits to cover costs related to funeral expenses and to provide a portion of their family member's lost income.
Types of Work-Related Injuries
On-the-job accidents come in all shapes and sizes, particularly if you perform manual labor in an oilfield, contsruction site, or similar occupation. Other times, it is tedious and seemingly harmless everyday tasks can cause lifelong injuries. Employees exposed to harmful chemicals on the job may also be at higher risk for developing illness that debilitate them for an extended period of time. Attorney Amanda J. Spencer has experience in securing compensation for a wide range of workers’ compensations injuries, which may include:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Lifting, turning and pulling injuries
- Repetitive trauma injuries
- Occupational diseases
- Shoulder or arm injuries
- Crush injuries
Injured workers may be entitled to compensation even when not working at the time of injury, such as while on a lunch break or at a work-sponsored activity.
What to Do After You Are Injured
If you have endured a work-related illness or injury, you should seek medical attention immediately. You need to receive medical care for your health and for the purposes of your claim. It is also vital to report the injury to your supervisor. Reporting your injury is time sensitive, since you stand to lose your benefits if you wait more than 30 days to alert your employer and file an injury report. Once you have received full medical attention and reported your injury, contact an experienced compensation lawyer such as Ms. Spencer. She can review your case at no charge and inform you of your rights and your next legal steps.
Attorney Amanda J. Spencer understands how stressful work-related injuries are and can use her legal knowledge to protect your interests.
What a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Do
With more than a decade of legal experience, Ms. Spencer can help you navigate the confusing workers' compensation claims process and seek the full amount of wage loss benefits. She will work with your case worker to ensure you receive all necessary medical treatment to recover and seek full reimbursement for healthcare expenses. If your injury is serious, Ms. Spencer can also help you evaluate permanent disability and other benefit options.
For some victims, their injury or illness may be due to a party other than their employer. Malfunctioning equipment due to a manufacturing defect, or being injured by a negligent driver are examples. In these cases, a third-party claim can be made against the at-fault party. These claims are potentially more financially lucrative than workers’ compensation claims, and can help fill in the gaps in workers’ compensation coverage. Ms. Spencer will consider all possible legal options to help you seek the full restitution you are owed.
Seek Trusted Counsel
Attorney Amanda J. Spencer understands how stressful work-related injuries are and can use her legal knowledge to protect your interests. She has extensive experience standing up to insurance companies and fight to get you the full benefits you deserve. Call our office at (210) 543-0000 today or reach out online to get a no-obligation evaluation of your case.